For the Wall Street Journal, Clark named five top books about unusual journeys, including:
The Little PrinceRead about the other books on Clark's list.
by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1943)
In this book, a childhood favorite that I have since read countless times, an ethereal boy from a distant asteroid and a pilot forced to land in the Sahara engage in conversation. As a child, I was gripped by the sense that there was more to this strange tale than I could actually understand. A cosmonautical boy with no visible means of transport, a vain and needy rose, a fox who wants to be tamed, a lamplighter who can never rest because the sun rises and sets every few minutes on his tiny planet—this was a long way from the cozy world of "The House at Pooh Corner." I still remember the jolt of recognition when I first understood the true meaning of the scene where the deadly yellow desert snake, entwining herself around the boy's ankle, promises to take him back to where he came from. I told my mother: "I felt happy and sad at the same time." "That's called being moved," she replied.
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